Friday, November 18, 2011

Over dying

My lovely friend Nyree gave me some clothes that her daughter had outgrown.  They were 'kindy' clothes, stained, but still very wearable.  P couldn't care less about stains on her clothes and was just super excited to have some new things.  One of the tops that Nyree gave me was this lovely hand knitted vest.  It had a green paint stain across the front.  I gave it a go with some sunlight soap, but it didn't shift.

 Then I had a fabulous idea.  I decided to overdye it.  This is exactly the same process as for wool, but using the finished garment.  I used the same process as I do for dying wool.

I chose a purple colour because I thought it would cover the green the best, while still being true to the base colour of the vest.
 Unfortunately, Murphy's law meant that when I dyed the vest, I managed to miss some of the green stain when I put the purple dye in.  Still its much less visible than it was before.

Also Murphy's law is that I prefer the colour on the back to that of the front.

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  1. The way it looks now, the green stain blends in and looks like it is supposed to be there, so I think Murphy was ok for a change ;)

    Looks great, what a good idea :)

  2. It looks wonderful! I'm definitely going to start thinking outside the box when it comes to stained clothing!

    Blessings, Debbie

  3. Nice job upcycling, I love the color!


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